Tuesday, September 01, 2015

QSQT, Mansoor Khan and Acres Wild

If you are one of those born in 70s and the early 80s, and you also follow bollywood then a reference to QSQT would not be alien to you. In 1988 - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak came as a major break for Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla as lead actors. It was also the first major album for Alka Yagnik as a playback singer.  QSQT is one of those movies that remind me of my younger days. 

In that era of VHS and magnetic audio tapes (at least in India) - we had a twin audio cassette of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The entire movie was segmented into 4 parts - Side A, Side B of each cassette, considering the limitations of the hardware during those times. Today, an online subscription to endless hours of music doesn't satiate our appetite. In those days, this cassette was played countless times at home - back to back. There was no Dolby, no equalizers, no woofers, sub-woofers and 3D surround. And in-spite of all these, there was no boredom.

And by the way, QSQT was directed by Mansoor Khan - who later gave us Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Josh (2000) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)Recently we had this opportunity to meet 'The' Mansoor Khan himself - at his farmstay in Coonoor. Yes, Mansoor is now settled in Coonoor with his 22 acre farm and focuses on his other interests. Film making is now secondary, perhaps tertiary. His primary motif is his work on sustainability and the concept of Peak Oil. His recent book - 'The Third Curve' discusses this in length.
Mansoor at his farmstay - 'Acres Wild' in Coonoor

At the farmstay, both Mansoor and his wife Tina are humble enough to welcome you personally. Conversations flow - and at some moment you would realize that living in a crowded city where everyone is almost an everyone and where a pizza gets delivered in less than 30 minutes is just pointless.

The farm stay - Acres Wild is open to all and reservations can be done directly via its website. If you are planning to simply relax amidst the hills and not interested in the regular touristy stuff - Acres Wild at Coonoor is the right place. This is one of those few farmstays which is large, green and yet uncrowded.

Posting a few images of the place - they are of course edited. Thanks to the several filters available on our smartphone apps, I've made them a bit too dramatic. But then, I am being very honest in saying that Acres Wild is indeed beautiful, quiet and makes you think to visit again.